In-game photography by Alan Butler

So there’s photography. And there’s in-game photography. Until recently it was an unknown genre to me. At a talk of a photo curator of the FOAM photography museum in Amsterdam the name Alan Butler came up. His work is pretty amazing. Instead of stealing cars and raping women, Butler takes up the role of photojournalist in Grand Theft Auto, the game.

Butler uses the photographic conventions of a typical photojournalists. There’s one thing he doesn’t use, physically that is, which is a camera. Despite, he is capable of creating a photographic reportage of poverty and the poor, who are programmed in the game. ‘Down and Out in Los Santos’ is an alienating experience.

Down and Out in Los Santos is series of photographs that are created by exploiting a smartphone camera feature within the video game Grand Theft Auto V by Alan Butler

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